The best Thai restaurants in Pattaya present this world-famous cuisine in elegance and style. Bold, spicy and utilising a huge and colourful array of herbs, vegetables, spices and meats, Thai food is quite unlike any other in the world. No trip to the Land of Smiles is complete without indulging all five senses and experiencing the food as it is supposed to be served – as the locals like it.
Naturally, there are way more than just 10 places to enjoy the national cuisine. In selecting the 10 Best Thai Restaurants in Pattaya, we have picked out those which offer a really remarkable experience, be it an amazing view, a cool environment, a taste of culture or a combination of them all. The venues listed below are sure to take your breath away with more than just an unexpectedly strong chilli!
- Tiffany's Cabaret Show With VIP Seating
- Alcazar Cabaret Show with Transfers
- Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark Thailand
- Ko Samet Island Full-Day Excursion
- Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Half-Day Tour
- Flight of the Gibbon™ Chonburi Zipline Tour
- Koh Larn Coral Island Day Trip with Lunch
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
- VIP Fast-Track Service: Pattaya U-Tapao Airport (UTP)
- 2-Day Bangkok to Pattaya Cycling Adventure
The Glass HouseOff Sukhumvit Road, opposite Alangkarn Theatre, Na Jomtien
Considered to be one of the best restaurants in the region, The Glass House combines a beautiful setting and location with a remarkable menu of fresh Thai seafood. While the restaurant’s name comes from its air-conditioned dining room, the majority of the seating is al fresco, where you can enjoy the cool sea breeze and the sound of the waves lapping at the shore just a few metres away. The menu includes such highlights as blue crab stir-fried with yellow curry and crisp-fried sea bass with soybean sauce. Despite being in a higher price range, it is an extremely popular place, so booking in advance is highly recommended.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Tel: +66 (0)81 266 6110
Moom AroiNaklua Soi 4
Moom Aroi is found amongst the fishing communities in northern Naklua, from which they source much of their ingredients, making it one of the freshest and finest seafood restaurants in Pattaya. Situated right on the beach, offering fantastic sunset views, the restaurant has about 100 tables, with indoor and al fresco options available. Despite its rural location, it is a modern and vibrant restaurant with a live band playing from 20:00. Recommended dishes include the spicy yellow curry crab or anything from the menu’s three pages of shrimp dishes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 4802
Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant366 Moo 12, Pratamnak Soi 4, Pattaya
Part of the Birds and Bees Resort, Cabbages and Condoms combines a traditional Thai look with the brand’s eccentric humour. Located right by a quiet beach, it offers wonderful sunsets, a cooling sea breeze and excellent Thai cuisine. The prices are amazingly good, given the high quality of the food and presentation. The chicken with cashew nuts is particularly good, as is the beef in oyster sauce. The restaurant is particularly noted for the philosophical walk from the resort entrance to the eatery, the bunny garden along the way and the mannequins decorated in condoms which greet you on arrival.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 825 0557
Ruen Thai Restaurant485/3 Pattaya Second Road, South Pattaya
Ruen Thai offers the most traditional of the dining experiences in our list of the best Thai restaurants in Pattaya, with live entertainments throughout including music and dance. The setting is also very traditional, with the name of restaurant coming from the name for the style of architecture it is housed in. Most importantly, the food is traditional Thai fare, including spicy duck curry, crumbled shrimp and pork rolled and deep-fried, and roast chicken with vegetable tips. In spite of looking and tasting like a fine dining establishment, the prices are easily affordable.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 5911
Sugar Hut RestaurantSugar Hut Resort, 391/18 Thappraya Road, Jomtien
Coming a very close second in terms of offering a traditional experience, a visit to the hotel restaurant of the Sugar Hut Resort is a little like going to a remote village in rural Thailand, only in the middle of the city. Surrounded by dense woodland, most of the resort’s buildings are fashioned from traditional teak while most of the dishes are made using first-class local ingredients. The spicy winged bean salad with shrimp and pork or the Penang Curry are both highly recommended, and the Bou Loy dessert is a real stand-out. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All day
- Tel: +66 (0)3 825 1686
Boat Bakery194/12-14 Second Road, South Pattaya
As the name suggests, Boat Bakery does sell baked items, but the Second Road shop is far better known for its excellent Thai cuisine. Cheap but tasty, it is the restaurant of choice for those who want to experience great local food on a very tight budget. In spite of the low cost, the quality is good, being roughly comparable to well-prepared street food. The a la carte menu does also include some western dishes, but it is the Thai options which keep people coming in until the 21:00 closing time.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 21:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 8673
Rimpa LapinNa Jomtien Soi 36, Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien
The food at this out-of-the-way eatery is certainly good, but it is not the star attraction. The cliff-top location offers an unrivalled view along the Jomtien coastline and a cooling sea breeze, creating a wonderful atmosphere. The restaurant is a little more Thai-centric than most of the other entries in our list of the 10 Best Thai Restaurants in Pattaya, which does make it a more authentic experience, but could also make ordering a little tricky. The view more than justifies a few minutes of awkwardness while the friendly staff help you out, though.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 17:00 – 24:00, Sat – Sun 15:00 – 24:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 5515
Rim Talay Seafood & SteakSoi 18, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Naklua
With its brightly-coloured sun-bleached wooden furniture and its location right on the sand of Wong Amat Beach, Rim Talay almost has the feel of a Caribbean beach bar. The impressive selection of very fresh seafood ingredients found in the large tanks by the restaurant’s car park can be prepared in a range of international styles, but most of the menu is devoted to Thai options. Stand-out dishes like the fried seafood with curry sauce and coconut milk, the low cost (like 299 baht for the aforementioned curry) and the easy-going atmosphere makes this a very popular choice for enjoying great Thai seafood dishes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 6375
Kit Seafood Restaurant350 Moo 12, Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien
Although the bright and colourful frontage boasts the availability of western fare, it is the Thai-style seafood which really excels at this al fresco eatery on Jomtien Beach Road. The grilled seafood platters are the highlight of the menu, recreating a beach barbecue feeling with a medley of fresh mussels, squid, crab and prawns with a selection of spicy dipping sauces. The focus on international customers makes the cuisine more approachable for people who are new to Thai food, but the great dishes and the cool, laidback atmosphere still attracts the locals, too.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
- Tel: +66 (0)3 875 7353
Siam Elephant Bar & RestaurantSiam Bayshore, 559 Beach Road, South Pattaya
Conveniently located for Pattaya’s famous Walking Street, the Thai fine dining restaurant of the Siam Bayshore resort is a little area of calm tranquillity and elegant cuisine, right next door to the nightlife madness the city is famous for. Serving up some slightly more obscure regional dishes alongside the more familiar favourites like Phad Thai and Thai Red or Green Curry, the big hit amongst the appetizers is Ma Hor – spoon-shaped slices of pineapple topped with sautéed pork, ginger and fresh herbs.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 8678